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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

2014: The year of new partnerships 2014 will be the year where we redefine what local service provision means to us.  As councils move away from providing non statutory services and we see an increased variety of private and 3rd sector partners based across the UK delivering our services, we need to consider what is […]

AIN’T WHAT YOU DO

In the past few weeks MPs have been criticizing the seemingly slow progress of the Work Programme, and laying some of the blame at the door of its Payment by Results model. Margaret Hodge, Chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee has said that the mechanisms which were supposed to prevent providers from concentrating on the […]

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE

Hands up those of you who are aware of your Authority’s new obligations under the Social Value Act, which came into force on 1st January. Keep those hands up if you’ve seen (and read) the Cabinet Office’s guidance note on the Act, which was published at the end of December. From the various conversations we […]

SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS

This week Norfolk County Council announced that their Chief Executive, David White, will be standing aside in April 2013 to make space for a successor with the different skill sets needed to fulfil the Council’s corporate plan.  This change in the Council’s most senior management appears quite amicable and has been described by Mr White […]

AND I BELIEVE IN A PROMISED LAND

Yesterday I read in my local newspaper that Bradford Council is proposing to bring grounds maintenance services for parks and cemeteries, which have been outsourced for almost 20 years, back in house when the current contract expires next year. The driver for the proposal is not cost, although the Council is expecting a marginal saving, […]

THIS TRAIN CARRIES LOSERS AND WINNERS

Whether you like Richard Branson or not, and as someone who fondly remembers Tubular Bells and his Virgin mail order ads in NME from when I was growing up, I have to admit that I, like all of us who work in local government, should be very grateful to him this week. Had it not […]

“OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!”

A discussion the team had this week ended up painting a dystopian vision for the future of local government. At one point we were discussing what would happen if you decapitated a chief executive. (You may wonder where I am going with this, but please hear me out.) A pretty similar prospect was raised on […]

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